Northwest Territories MLAs approve additional $75M for fire suppression

By Emily Blake
Cabin Radio
August 28, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Northwest Territories government now has a budget of around $100 million dedicated to 2023 wildfire suppression as it deals with the ongoing crisis. During a sitting hosted in Inuvik on Monday, MLAs unanimously passed a bill allocating an additional $75 million to the wildfire suppression budget for the financial year. That budget originally contained around $21.8 million. …“The Department of Finance is taking steps to ensure that the government remains in compliance with the fiscal responsibility policy, as well as how best to mitigate the financial impacts of the wildfire season.” …The minister said based on current estimates, the new budget should be enough to address this year’s wildfire season. ….Wawzonek added the NWT government has “all but wiped out” its surplus and is facing a “litany of problems,” including not just wildfires but also low water levels affecting the power corporation and barges.

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